• KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " 1st Lt. Trenton Wiggins, a platoon Leader for 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discusses with Afghan National Army soldiers the possible ways of conducting a mission in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The mission was aimed at gathering information from village elders and to disrupt possible insurgent activity in the area. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " 1st Lt. Trenton Wiggins, a platoon Leader for 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discusses with Afghan National Army...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " 1st Lt. Trenton Wiggins, a platoon Leader for 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discusses with Afghan National Army Soldiers the possible ways of conducting a mission in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The mission was aimed at gathering information from village elders and to disrupt possible insurgent activity in the area. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " 1st Lt. Trenton Wiggins, a platoon Leader for 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discusses with Afghan National Army...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Sgt. Kurtis Eisenhuth, an infantryman assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), patrols a main road while Afghan National Army soldiers clear the road ahead in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. The road was cleared in order to allow vehicles free movement along the road without fears of an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Sgt. Kurtis Eisenhuth, an infantryman assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), patrols a main road while Afghan...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police, lead Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on a foot patrol in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. While conducting their patrol, ANA and AUP led the Rakkasans to an observation point to have oversight on a road side bomb they discovered. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police, lead Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police, lead Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on a foot patrol in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. While conducting their patrol, ANA and AUP led the Rakkasans to an observation point to have oversight on a road side bomb they discovered. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police, lead Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police, lead Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on a foot patrol in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. While conducting their patrol, ANA and AUP led the Rakkasans to an observation point to have oversight on a road side bomb they discovered. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police, lead Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pull over-watch security from a high position in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. Soldiers from 1-33 provided over-watch security so the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police could gather information and search for possible insurgents in the village below. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pull over-watch security from a high position in Nadir Shah Kot...

  • KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An OH-58D Kiowa helicopter assigned to Task Force No Mercy assists with operations by providing air coverage to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in Nadir Shah Kot District, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013.  The mission was aimed at gathering information from village elders and to disrupt possible insurgent activity in the area. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

    ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan " An OH-58D Kiowa helicopter assigned to Task Force No Mercy assists with operations by providing air coverage to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division...

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (January 12, 2013) -- Members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police partnered with Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), while conducting a foot patrol in mountains of Nadir Shah Kot District, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013.

While on patrol, the Afghan National Security Forces, or ANSF, successfully indentified and neutralized an improvised explosive device buried alongside a nearby road.

The ANSF led the counter-insurgency mission as they questioned village elders, searched homes and gathered information to help indentify suspected insurgents and their strongholds. During the mission, Soldiers of 1-33 CAV, provided over-watch security for their Afghan counter-parts while assisting and advising only when needed.

This mission is a full demonstration of the growing capabilities of the ANSF as they progress towards fully-independent operations.

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